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– Hello, and welcome
back to Adventurous Way. I'm Diana. – And I'm Matt. And we're back here at
the property again today with quite a few little
things to get on with. – Yeah, I'm back from my
course at Yestermorrow and Matt has done a few
things while I was away. – Yeah, so the driveway finished, the construction, about
two and a half weeks ago. It's kind of mid September now. So we're into fall. The colors are starting
to change on the leaves and the trees and things. And it's looking really beautiful, but we do have quite a few things that we, we're trying to sort of tackle, I guess, small jobs that we need to do. So already I created a quick
little sawbuck that I can put some logs on and start chopping
those up into firewood. We're not going to be burning
firewood in the house, but we do want some that
we can use for campfires and things like that.

– So it's a good way to use
up some of the logs that are too small or too crooked for milling. So that's been one good job
that I've started on there. The other big job you can
kind of see behind us here. So, we started this, was it last week, I guess? – Yep. – Our builder, Colby,
had made this stonewall, which we really like down here
at the front of the property.

And so we just filled in the
dirt behind it and started adding some mulch on top. – Yeah. So today, one
of the jobs for today is to kind of finish it off. And the mulch that we used was from the last time
we used the chipper. We put it in the builder bags
and we kind of put them away, so they're not in the way while doing the construction
of the driveway. And at first we thought, "Oh, it's going to be
a compost, eventually." But it actually turns out that this is a great use case. So we're putting mulch and we'll seed it with some
wildflower native seeds. – Yeah, just find some like, grasses and wildflowers and things. The goal here really is not
just to make the entrance look a little bit nicer, we don't want to be those neighbors who have that horrible looking at entrance that's just a mess.

So we're trying to tidy
it up for that reason, but also to help prevent erosion. We don't want the
rainwater to run down here and wash all that soil
away and start to undermine the road surface down here. So, by back filling the dirt and putting the mulch
on top of that helps, but then having some actual
plants and things growing on top should really help to
stabilize that area as well. – Yeah. And that is on
one side of the entrance and the other side of the entrance, there is still this big pile of rocks. – [Matt] It is a mess. – [Diana] It is a mess.
(Matt laughing) And it is going to be a mess for a while because first, we want
to get the electrical in from electrical pole. And then when we know, you know, how's that installed and
what kind of space they need, then we'll deal with the other side.

– Yep. So, just trying
to tackle these things one at a time. The other big job that we're
going to be doing today is hopefully, it shouldn't take that long, but it is a really monumental job, which is to install our mailbox. So, back when we got
the road access permits to put in the driveway, we needed that in order to
get the street number assigned for the property. There was no address for
this property pre-existing. We had confirmation last week that our address has been created and we have a street
number and everything now. And so we met the mailman, a couple of times actually, just to confirm the
placement of the mailbox. It's nothing super fancy. It's just using kind
of a post and a mailbox I picked up from Home
Depot at the weekend, but we'll get those in. It's a little tricky position. It's kind of right next to the culvert and kind of the drainage
ditch at the side of the road.

So, it is a little tricky to put in there. We've also got bedrock, really shallow. – Yep. – So we're going to be
putting down a little bit of gravel for drainage. Putting the post on top and then surrounding it with concrete. And we're hoping that will
be enough to stabilize it. Fingers crossed. It's kind of the best idea
we've got at the moment. So we'll just have to see how that goes. Nothing super fancy though, so. But it will be exciting
to have the mailbox. – Yeah. And kind of maybe a quick update on kind of behind the scenes stuff.

So, you know, we got the first permit, the road access permit, and now we have the driveway in, so that's great. We have the survey done
of the area of the house and, like, the septic area. So now, the septic engineer
is going to be designing the septic system and then putting in the wastewater permit. It's going to take awhile because he's been super, super busy and he's still very, very busy. And then after that, we'll be the zoning permit. – Yeah, so if you read between the lines of what Diana said now, we're not going to be building this year.

– Yes. – By the time we got the zoning permit and wastewater permit in hand, it'll just be too late in
season to start building. But that's okay. It was kind of, we'd hoped we're going to be able to get to building this year. That would have been really nice. But it's no big deal. We'll just pick up. – Yeah. And that's just,
– In spring. – you know, the life of
COVID and everyone's busy. Not enough people to do
the work and so-on-so. Totally fine. Our, in terms of like, shipping stuff, we ordered our sawmill and
it's still on track.

Right? – Yeah, sawmill should
be here end of October is what they're saying. I called them a week or two ago and that was still the case. We have heard from other
people that they've had theirs, they're sort of doing a shipment to the end of each month, I think. And I think it was like
the August shipment was weeks and weeks faster than scheduled. – Yeah. – So there's a chance
it could arrive earlier, but at the moment we're
on track apparently for end of October. – And we ordered it months ago. – Yeah, we ordered it back in May, June.

– Yeah, May I think. Yeah, June, probably. – June.
– June. And then we also ordered
the grapple for the tractor, but that is delayed. – That should actually arrive today. Today, was actually the
original estimated date. I called them last week. They had to shut their entire factory down for multiple weeks due
to supply chain issues. So, that's been delayed. We probably won't see that until October. He didn't even sound very
confident about that, so maybe November. Which is a real shame, because that grapple would be great for moving some of these stones around.

– Yeah. – It would be great for
moving the brush around and it would be great for
moving the logs around. But we don't have it. We haven't got it. So, we'll just have to
make do with the buckets and the pallet forks and things. The other thing that we've
got arriving next week, you may remember in a little while ago, in one of the videos. We said we were thinking about
getting a shipping container, but we decided against it
because the price to buy a used ship container
is just astronomical.

I think it's, – Three times worth the price. – yeah, It's about $5,000 for a used, not great condition used, 20 foot shipping container. – Yeah. – So, we just decided
that wasn't worth it. But we have decided to
rent a shipping container. So this is something that
we couldn't do originally, because without the driveway, we had no way to easily get a
nice new shipping container, good quality shipping container up there. But, now that we've got the driveway in, it's no problem for a semi or whatever to reverse up here and drop
off a shipping container. And the rental prices haven't
really gone up that much. – Yeah.
– So I think it's something like $150 a month to rent a
40 foot shipping container. And that will be great. We've got a site for
that that we asked Kolbey and the guys when they
were doing the driveway, just to clear a flat
section for us up there.

So, we've got a good
location for that to go. And that'll give us some dry, relatively secure storage onsite. So we don't have to keep carrying
everything back and forth in the truck bed. Which is killing me. It's just,
– Yeah. – I can't wait to have my
truck back, to be honest. – Yeah. So, even though
we probably not going to get to building anything this year, we still have plenty of stuff to do. So now that the trees, you know, were taken down because we
are putting in a driveway. Now there's a lot of slash that we can deal with bucking logs, piling them up for milling. So, that we can do until
the sawmill arrives, and then when the sawmill
arrives, then we can start milling our wood.
– Yep.

I know you were doing
some estimates, what, the other day.
– Oh, yeah. – [Matt] Looking at the pile of logs that's up there already. So this doesn't include the
ones along the driveway that we haven't taken up yet, nor does it include the
ones that we'll have to, like the trees that we'll fell, to clear the house site and things. So, just the logs that are there already. You estimated, how much was it? – It was something about 4,000 board feet. – Yeah, 4,000 board feet. So, I was playing with
the numbers this morning.

If you're not familiar
with what a board foot is, it's a measure of lumber quantity. And it's a volume equal
to a piece of wood, 12 inches by 12 inches by one inch thick. And so, if you sort of play
around with the numbers and things and you convert
that into like, two-by-sixes. – Yeah. – I think I worked out the, if we milled everything into two-by-sixes, full dimension stuff, which
we're not going to do. We'll keep a load of slabs and things. But if we did mill it all into
eight foot long two-by-sixes, it would give us over 600 two-by-sixes. It's an astronomical amount of wood. – Yeah. And I think I was trying
to do the calculations, if we use that for, for let's say a siting around a house. That's like, I don't know, like three times more than the
siding we would actually need. Like the square footage. – Yeah. – So, yeah. That's a lot of, and for you Europeans listening. In Europe, they're measured in cubic, – Cubic meters.

– cubic meters and it's about 10 cubic meters of like,
the finished lumber. – It's an insane amount of wood. So when we get the sawmill, we're going to try and get
that milled before the winter. That's going to be our kind
of like, final project. So we still need to work
out where we're going to put it all. – Yes. – We're obviously brand new to milling, so there'll be a steep
learning curve there. I hope we've got enough lumber that we can make plenty of mistakes and not worry about it. And we'll just move on and
get another piece of wood.

So, yeah, lots to do. Lots of little small things, but lots of things to keep us busy. – We got this rake with
the fiber glass handle and the great thing is,
it's super light weight. The bad thing is we already
broke the handle in half, but it's still usable. But maybe next time, it's going to be a different kind of rake. (rake scraping) (up-beat music) So, the goal for today
is to remove these rocks and going to smooth it out and put the wood chips in. (upbeat music playing) Well, we made great progress today. I'm very happy. So today, we finished, kind
of, grading and smoothing this area behind the stonewall and we put our third and
last wood chip bag on it. And it still has more
wood chips to go on it. So now, next time when we do chipping, we will lay those wood chips down here.

– And actually there's a couple of slash piles just here. – Yes. – So we'll get the chipper
and we'll just chip it straight into this area. So we don't need to bag all that stuff up. We can just spread it straight away. – Yep. – And then some of the
other piles we'll probably try and bag up best we
can and move them around. – Yeah. – But yeah, I think it's looking great. We haven't yet decided what
we're going to put in here, in terms of plants and things, but we're thinking
probably some wild flowers and some grasses.

– Something that we do not need to mow. – Yes. And we're hoping we can get away with just sort of sprinkling them on the mulch, although maybe we're being optimistic. So we've got a couple
of angles to a few local garden nurseries and
things to get some advice and see what works around here. – Yeah. – So then, all Diana's been doing that, and really you have done
nearly all of the stuff with sorting the stones and
some manual labor today. I've had the relatively easy
job of putting up the mailbox. So we've put it over by the road. It was the location that
we agreed with the mailman. I'm not in love with the location.

It is closer to the road that I like in an area where the snowplows. So, I am a little bit
concerned about that. That said, we didn't have a lot of choice. And that was really, just
about the only location that we could put it. We put it in with the
two bags of the Quikrete, sort of no mix concrete stuff. You'd pour the powder in and
then add water, as we did that. – There's gravel underneath. – Gravel underneath. So that any water that does
get in there can drain. And honestly, we sort of hemmed it in with a load of rocks and things. It's solid. Like, it's only been setting, for what, six hours or something. But I don't want to wobble it too hard, but you can tell it's
pretty well in there. – And we wanted to put the rock so that it's, kind of,
almost like a retaining wall so that it doesn't push
in into the cold stream for where the culvert goes. – Yeah. Our next little job will
be later on this week.

We'll be renting the
chipper again, like we said, and start getting through
these slash piles. In particular, the two here, because we're going to bring our RV to the property fairly soon. Just for a few days, just
to park it here and say. – "We can do it." – "We slept on our own land." So we're going to park the RV, actually, just up there where
the tractor is pretty much. So we do want to get those slash
piles out of the way first. And there is also a slash pile way at the top near the house site that is going to be trapped behind
the shipping container.

So we will rent the chipper, start with those few piles, see how much further we can get. – Yeah.
– But today, it is 5:30. We still got over an hour
to get back to the RV. – Yep. – So, I think we're done for today. – Thanks for watching. And if you enjoy this video and if you have friends who you think might enjoy following along our journey of building up our home base in Vermont. Please share the video with them. Thanks for watching and we'll
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